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  • Formal analysis of gameplay

    1. 1. Formal Analysis of Gameplay Petri Lankoski & Staffan Björk
    2. 2. Context • This is a chapter draft for a book Game Research Methods (eds., Lankoski & Björk) • The goal of the chapter is provide accessible introduction to formal analysis – Simple and expressive language for describing gameplay – Examples about how to conduct formal analysis Petri Lankoski
    3. 3. Formalism: Background • Significant form in the fine art (Bell, 1915) – Line and color • Different variations – Literature theory, film theory • Formal analysis – Focuses on describing formal features of a work Petri Lankoski
    4. 4. Fine Art: Elements • Line – Vertical, horizontal, curved, diagonal • Shape and form – Shapes defined typically by lines; two-dimensional – Form is three dimensional • Space – Positive, negative, three-dimensional • Color – Hue, value, intensity • Texture – hard, soft, rough, smooth, hairy, leathery, sharp Petri Lankoski
    5. 5. Fine Art: Principles of Design • Balance – Symmetrical/asymmetrical • Emphasis – A part of design where the attention is focuse • Movement Petri Lankoski
    6. 6. Gameplay • How to describe gameplay in similar fashion? • Frameworks – Järvinen, theory of game elements – Björk & Holopainen, interaction-centric framework – Zagal et al. game ontology Petri Lankoski
    7. 7. Main concepts Primitives • Components • Actions – Player actions – Component actions – System actions • Goals Dynamics • Balance, strategy, spacing, c omplexity, … • Work in progress Petri Lankoski
    8. 8. Thank You • Petri Lankoski • petri.lankoski@sh.se Petri Lankoski

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